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by Gwen Outen
Mar 5, 2009

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The experience of starting over can feel anywhere from devastating to cathartic. It could be the result of moving to another country, salvaging the remains of a burned down home or ending a marriage. In our first hour, Amy Dickinson, who writes the syndicated "Ask Amy" column for the Chicago Tribune, will talk about pressing the "reset" button and starting over in our lives. Then, we'll talk about the case of Jordan Brown, an eleven year old in Pennsylvania who is believed to have murdered his father's girlfriend last month. Officials in Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how to prosecute him, and where to hold him. Should the boy be tried as an adult or a juvenile? Should he sit in a cell next to rapists and murderers? At the end of the hour, law professor Anita Allen will discuss how we should deal with kids who have committed murder.

Slumdog Millionaire won big at the Oscars this year, but the film has been criticized for being filled with cliches and stereotypes about India, and for its graphic images of the horrors of life in the slums. In our second hour, we'll hear opposing views about whether or not depictions of poverty in movies, books and the recent emergence of "slum tours" educate audiences about life in the slums, or exploit those who are experiencing it. Then, in our second installment in our series "How bad can it get", William Easterly, economist and co-director of The Development Research Institute at New York University, will talk about what needs to change in the economy in order for it to get better.

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